Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk – Priority Places and Threats
The Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk (CNFASAR) enables applicants to design and deliver projects that address priority threats and contribute to the protection and recovery of aquatic species at risk in priority places.
Two priority marine threats and seven freshwater priority places are the focus of the CNFASAR. Projects that may be eligible for funding are those which:
- propose to address the priority threats to aquatic species at risk in the marine environment, or
- address threats or help aquatic species at risk to recover in the freshwater priority places.
Two marine priority threats along our three coasts:
- Fishing interactions (includes entanglement and bycatch of aquatic species at risk)
- Physical and acoustic disturbance (includes vessel collisions and marine noise)
Seven freshwater priority areas:
- Fraser and Columbia Watersheds Priority Area (British Columbia)
- Rocky Mountains’ Eastern Slopes Priority Area (Alberta)
- Southern Prairies Priority Area (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)
- Lower Great Lakes Watershed Priority Area (Ontario)
- St. Lawrence Lowlands Priority Area (Quebec)
- Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Rivers Priority Area (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
- Bay of Fundy and Southern Uplands Watersheds Priority Area (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick)
How were the priorities selected?
Priority threats and places were selected based on the following criteria:
- presence of aquatic species assessed as endangered, threatened or special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) or listed under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA);
- key threats to aquatic species at risk and the severity, persistence or significance of the threats, including the potential for these threats to be mitigated;
- multi-species and ecosystem-level benefits;
- potential for collaborators, partners, applicants, and leaders; and,
- results that could be achieved within 2-4 years.
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